Tucker’s Blog

Cross-posted at Education Week. Last week, I wrote a blog commenting on the draft policy on performance standards recently issued by the National Assessment Governing Board.  In it, I called for performance standards based not on people's opinions about what constitutes basic, proficient and advanced performance...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Forgive me if I am a little cynical about the eternal dance between measurement and accountability when it comes to reporting on the progress and achievement of American school children.  From the beginning, the leaders of our state education systems have invited...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In the British pubs, as the evening comes to a close, the bartenders intone the words, "It's time, it's time."  NCEE is not a pub, but it is time. I will be 79 come November.  Some two or three years ago, I began...

Cross-posted at Education Week. It is a sweet time. The clematis is gone, only its thin brown stem left to tell the tale. The day lilies, too, have opened and closed their last blooms. The great show put on by the azaleas and rhododendrons and mountain...